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Battleship USS Iowa BB-61

250 S Harbor Blvd., Berth 87, San Pedro, Los Angeles, CA 90733
877-446-9261
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Ranked #11 of 385 attractions in Los Angeles
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Military Museums
Owner description: Visit the West Coast's only Battleship! Celebrate the American Spirit by stepping through time on the 70 year-old teak decks of Battleship IOWA. Your... more » Owner description: Visit the West Coast's only Battleship! Celebrate the American Spirit by stepping through time on the 70 year-old teak decks of Battleship IOWA. Your tour will take you through the spaces used by President Franklin D. Roosevelt, numerous 5-Star Admirals, Top Ranking Naval Officers and thousands of Enlisted Sailors. You'll love getting up close to the giant 16" Guns, feeling 18" of cold solid steel in the Captain's Bridge, seeing the evolution of weaponry from WWII through the Cold War, hearing first-hand stories from Navy veterans, and experiencing life as a Sailor on the "Big Stick". Your family will be awed by IOWA's proud, historic legacy as one of the fastest and most powerful ships to ever set sail! Battleship IOWA hosts fun seasonal events throughout the year such as the Memorial Day Festival, Independence Day Celebration, Veterans Appreciation Day & more! The IOWA also offers private guided & group tours, school field trips, corporate outings and special event venues. Battleship IOWA is open everyday (except Thanksgiving & Christmas) from 10:00 am - 5:00 pm, with the last boarding and ticket sales at 4:00 pm. « less
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Denver, Colorado
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45 reviews 45 reviews
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

Seeing this battleship and learning about it's history was an amazing experience and I recommend to everyone. Hearing first hand from the staff on the Iowa what part in American history this ship served was an experience. It is a little difficult to maneuver, there are a lot of steep stairs and tight quarters. My oldest son is 6'2 and... More

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Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand
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22 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

What else is there to say but this is a battleship!! Easy access and parking. The ship still has plenty of 4th July bunting up and really helped add to the whole atmosphere of the ship. This was a huge day for me, as one of the former sailors accidentally photo bombed one of our photos which led us to... More

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Omaha, Nebraska, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

This ship is amazing. Definitely worth seeing. The tour was self directed with guides explaining things along the way. The walking path was arranged well, which allowed people to go at their own pace without affecting others. Veterans are greeted with an overhead announcement which was nice. Not handicap accessible. You must be able to climb steps.

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Provo, Utah
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3 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

We bought the Aquarium and Battleship bundle tickets, saving $. They can be purchased online, or right at the ticket booth for the same price as online. You pay for parking here, costing us $6.00 for 2 hours. It took 2 hours for the self guided tour. My 8 year old, 14 year old, husband, and I all enjoyed this... More

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San Jose
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

I have long looked at the USS Iowa BB-61 from the I110 and Highway 1 and from San Pedro and I often say, I need to go there. Why not? We go to libraries ad nausium, we watch documentaries, and go to museums all the time... Why not visit a floating museum that has the lives of sailors written in... More

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Atlanta, Georgia
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26 reviews 26 reviews
12 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

Take the time to see this historic ship if you are into battleships. Tour is a little long, but you see all of the ship.

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Pomona, California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

It is a great thing to see the walk through tour has lots of stairs steep and mostly steel. I don't recommend sandals or any type of heels. This is a good place for classroom field trips, But a smaller children probably not good. A chance to see a part of our great country's history. This tour is 10 bucks... More

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Novi, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

My family and I are history buffs. My son, in particular, loves anything and everything that has to do with the military and/or World War II. So needless to say, we loved our visit to the Battleship USS Iowa. If you have even the slightest interest in history, this ship is a must see. I'll admit I didn't know much... More

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Burbank, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

We had a blast walking the decks & learning it's history (President Roosevelt was once on board!). The personnel were very friendly & informative! Food was good! (BBQ!) More photos here: https://www.facebook.com/darrin.forsythe/media_set?set=a.10202990825344080.1073741871.1007685002&type=3

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Portage, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

As you pull into the lot you'll begin to realize that what you're about to see is not your average sight. This incredible example of American industry & military might. One of the first things you see as you step onto the deck is Turret #2 where 47 Sailors died when a powder explosion occurred on April 19, 1989. This... More

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